12:12 pm - Wednesday September 20, 2017

The Affordable Care Act in Colorado

The Affordable Care Act is working to make health care cheaper and more accessible for thousands of Colorado families.  Providing affordable health care is an important step in leveling the social-economic playing field.

Colorado Democratic Party Executive Director, Jennifer Koch made the following statement:

“As Colorado Democrats we base our decisions from facts, not what the talking heads tell us.  Here, the facts are pretty clear on the Affordable Care Act – it will give Coloradans greater access to health care and bring down costs significantly for better coverage,” Koch said.

“Across Colorado, whether it is the almost 50,000 young adults that now have an opportunity to stay on their parent’s health insurance or the nearly 1,288,000 individuals that will continue to benefit from preventive care treatments at no out of pocket expense, the Affordable Care Act will ensure individuals will no longer have to worry about budgeting their finances in the chance they get sick. We have taken a huge step in making our entire country healthier.”

Affordable Care Act in Colorado by the numbers:

  • 1,288,000 individuals on private insurance have received at least one preventive care treatment at no out of pocket cost.
  • 2,250,000 individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy or diabetes can no longer be discriminated against based on their health status.
    • This includes 291,000 children who are now protected regardless of current health.
  • 80% of all health care costs must be directed towards non-administrative costs. If companies had been spending more than 20 percent, individuals received a refund check.
  • 50,000 young adults can remain on their parent’s health care coverage until they are 26 years old.
  • Because Governor Hickenlooper allowed for Medicaid expansion in Colorado, 656,000 previously uninsured Coloradans can gain access to health care services.

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